Inclusive Recruitment Unconscious bias in recruitment Answer 3.1.1: Unconscious bias explored

The answer to the previous question, ‘which of the following influences WILL NOT lead to the development of unconscious bias?’ is ‘self awareness‘. Self awareness can actually help to alleviate the development of unconscious bias.

Unconscious bias affects how we see the world and can mean that we draw the wrong conclusions based on limited evidence and experience. This can happen without any bad intention and outside of our awareness.


Harvard uses a project called ‘Project Implicit’ to look at how our decisions are based on implicit associations between different characteristics and roles. Take 10 minutes to have a look at the Harvard Implicit Association Test, click on the button above. The test examines your biases in areas such as gender, age, race and religion.